Make ahead oatmeal

Oatmeal (old fashioned)
start with 4 1/2 cups COLD water
Stir in 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
STIR (do not put on heat yet) until water turns a milky color, about a couple mins
sprinkle a TINY bit of salt (to tenderize oatmeal)
turn on heat med high
let oatmeal come to soft boil 2-3 mins
turn off heat and cover
let oatmeal sit until cool, then place in tupperware container and put in fridge. this is good to last 1 week or so.

for individual portions you can heat it up with just a litle liquid either water, or nonfat (nondairy for me) creamer, I used french vanilla. you can also add 1 tsp vanilla extract. heat in micro 1.5 mins and stir in optional add ins, fruit, splenda, I used 1 T. splenda brown sugar blend.

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